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List of most consecutive starts by a National Football League quarterback

This is a list of the most consecutive starts by a quarterback in the NFL. Only seven quarterbacks in NFL history have been able to achieve regular season streaks of at least 100 games,[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8] with only two of those with a regular season streak of at least 200 games.[9][10]

Brett Favre has held the record since November 7, 1999 when he made his 117th consecutive start against the Chicago Bears.[11] His consecutive starts streak is also the longest all-time for a non-special teams player.[12] On December 5, 2010 against the Buffalo Bills, Favre was knocked out of the game on the first drive with a sprained SC joint injury to his right shoulder caused by a hit from linebacker Arthur Moats. After a snowstorm delayed the following Sunday's game against the New York Giants to Monday, December 13, Favre was ruled inactive, ending his streak at a record 297 games (321 including playoffs).[13][14]

Of special note, Peyton Manning's consecutive starts streak is the longest of all-time to begin a career.[15] Also worthy of recognition is Dan Marino, who started 145 consecutive non-strike games from 1984-1993 (154 including playoffs), but due to a player strike in October 1987 where replacement players were used and Marino opted not to participate, this streak is not officially recognized.[16]

Following is the list of quarterbacks to achieve the longest consecutive regular season starts at the quarterback position.

All-time consecutive starts streaks

Updated through the 2013 season in progress

Bold denotes an active streak

Rank Quarterback Streak start Streak end Teams Regular
season
Playoffs Total Ref.
1 Brett Favre 9/27/1992 12/5/2010 Green Bay;
NY Jets;
Minnesota
297 24 321 [17][18][14]
2 Peyton Manning 9/6/1998 1/2/2011 Indianapolis 208 19 227 [19][20][14]
3 Eli Manning 11/21/2004 Active NY Giants 143 11 154 [21][14]
4 Philip Rivers 9/11/2006 Active San Diego 119 7 126 [22]
5 Ron Jaworski 9/18/1977 11/25/1984 Philadelphia 116 7 123 [23][24][25][14]
6 Tom Brady 9/30/2001 9/7/2008 New England 111 17 128 [26][27][28][14]
7 Joe Ferguson 9/18/1977 9/23/1984 Buffalo 107 3 110 [29][30][14]
8 Dan Marino 10/25/1987 10/10/1993 Miami 95 4 99 [31][32][14]
9 Roman Gabriel 11/28/1965 9/17/1972 LA Rams 89 2 91 [33][14]
10 Johnny Unitas 9/27/1959 11/7/1965 Baltimore 88 3 91 [34][35][14]
11T Jim Everett 9/4/1988 10/23/1993 LA Rams 87 4 91 [36][14]
11T Joe Flacco 9/7/2008 Active Baltimore 87 13 100 [37]
13 Richard Todd 9/9/1979 12/2/1984 NY Jets;
New Orleans
86 4 90 [38]
14 Aaron Brooks 11/26/2000 12/12/2005 New Orleans 82 2 84 [39]
15 Trent Green 9/9/2001 9/10/2006 Kansas City 81 1 82 [40]
16 Drew Brees 9/11/2005 12/27/2009 San Diego;
New Orleans
79 2 81 [41]
17 Steve Grogan 11/23/1975 11/16/1980 New England 76 2 78 [42]
18 Tom Brady 9/14/2009 Active New England 72 7 79 [43]
19T Fran Tarkenton 12/11/1966 12/12/1971 Minnesota;
NY Giants
71 0 71 [44]
19T Joe Theismann 12/7/1980 11/18/1985 Washington 71 8 79 [45]
19T Rich Gannon 9/12/1999 10/20/2003 Oakland 71 7 78 [46]
22T Brian Sipe 9/3/1978 12/12/1982 Cleveland 70 1 71 [47]
22T Trent Dilfer 9/3/1995 10/24/1999 Tampa Bay 70 2 72 [48]
22T Drew Bledsoe 9/8/2002 10/23/2006 Buffalo; Dallas 70 0 70 [49]
Other active streaks (minimum 50 consecutive starts)
Quarterback Streak start Streak end Teams Regular
season
Playoffs Total Ref.
Matt Ryan 12/20/2009 Active Atlanta 58 4 62 [50]
Drew Brees 9/9/2010 Active New Orleans 55 3 58 [51]

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